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Deaf comedian entertains sell-out crowd

'Have you heard the one about the deaf comic?'...
On Friday 18 October, renowned Deaf comedian John Smith came to GDA to perform his hilarious stand-up comedy show to a sell-out crowd. Members of the deaf community from far and wide came along to GDA's Community Centre to enjoy a fantastic evening full of laughter. 

John, who is a profoundly Deaf BSL (British Sign Language) user, uses his comedy to provide an entertaining insight into the world of BSL and deafness. His comedy shows have taken him all over the world. 

Reg Cobb, GDA's Project Developer and who organised the event said "John's comedy is very funny. His take on what it's like to be deaf really hits a cord with deaf and hearing people alike. A lot of comedy acts are out of bounds for deaf people and we wanted to bring something to our own centre that would reach out to our community. It was certainly worth it, the response we've had has been fantastic and we'll definitely be looking to bring John back in the future."

The evening was a wonderful opportunity for the charity to extend the warmth of the organisation to the wider deaf community, as well as a chance to raise money for a new Deaf Enterprise Zone which is being set up to aid Deaf people into employment. The initiative will provide an opportunity for people within the local deaf community to utilise their skills; architectural design, gardening, cleaning, plumbing or office admin for example, to benefit the wider Gloucestershire community.
You can view clips of John's comedy by clicking here or find out more about John on his website http://www.beautifulbsl.co.uk/  
Read the full article printed in The Citizen newspaper on Tuesday 22 October 2013 here.
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